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The Substantial Interdependence of Wikipedia and Google: A Case Study on the Relationship Between Peer Production Communities and Information Technologies
While Wikipedia is a subject of great interest in the computing literature, very little work has considered Wikipedia’s important relationships with other information technologies like search engines. In this paper, we report the results of two deception studies whose goal was to better understand the critical relationship between Wikipedia and Google. These studies silently removed Wikipedia content from Google search results and examined the effect of doing so on participants’ interactions with both websites. Our findings demonstrate and characterize an extensive interdependence between Wikipedia and Google. Google becomes a worse search engine for many queries when it cannot surface Wikipedia content (for example, click-through rates on results pages drop significantly) and the importance of Wikipedia content is likely greater than many improvements to search algorithms. Our results also highlight Google’s critical role in providing readership to Wikipedia. However, we also found evidence that this mutually beneficial relationship is in jeopardy: changes Google has made to its search results that involve directly surfacing Wikipedia content are significantly reducing traffic to Wikipedia. Overall, our findings argue that researchers and practitioners should give deeper consideration to the interdependence between peer production communities and the information technologies that use and surface their content.
wikipedia  Search  SearchEngine  Partnership 
2 days ago by Audiences
The Web Is a Customer Service Medium (
WWIC is the thing people talk about when they talk about nicer-sounding things like “the wisdom of crowds” or “cognitive surplus.” It has become the first thing I think about when I think about the web. I've spent a lot of time with users, and as part of various web communities. I've answered thousands of emails about things I built or said. Now, when I sit down to graffle, I start by asking: “How do we deal with the WWIC problem?” Everything else comes after.
ee  opensource  wikipedia  comments 
3 days ago by osi_info_program
Cleopatra - Wikipedia
Cleopatra VII Philopator (Ancient Greek: Κλεοπᾰ́τρᾱ Φιλοπάτωρ, translit. Kleopátrā Philopátōr;[5] 69 – 10 or 12 August 30 BC)[note 2] was the last active ruler of the Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt, nominally survived as pharaoh by her son Caesarion.[note 4] She was also a diplomat, naval commander, linguist,[6] and medical author.[7] As a member of the Ptolemaic dynasty, she was a descendant of its founder Ptolemy I Soter, a Macedonian Greek general[note 5] and companion of Alexander the Great. After the death of Cleopatra, Egypt became a province of the Roman Empire, marking the end of the Hellenistic period that had lasted since the reign of Alexander (336–323 BC).[note 6] Her native language was Koine Greek and she was the first Ptolemaic ruler to learn the Egyptian language.[note 7]
english  history  article  wikientry  wikipedia 
3 days ago by ezequiel
Wikipedia - The Royle Family
"It was a big fight to make sure it had no laughter track"
TV  Wikipedia  Oasis  BBCTwo  BBCOne  UK  Manchester  comedy  family  CraigCash  CarolineAherne  Netflix 
5 days ago by cosmic
A new cryptojacking tactic that involves Wikipedia and downloaded movie files has been discovered - CryptoMeNow
A new method of cryptojacking has been discovered. This new tactic involves using a downloadable movie file as bait, then cryptocurrencies are being mined in the background without you knowing. In addition, the virus also attempts to steal cryptocurrency through Wikipedia donations according to security researcher ‘@0xffff08000’.
The malware launches a Powershell command, which then inserts malicious code into the Firefox browser. The attack is designed to infect movie torrent files and is also meant to infect Windows computers in particular. The point of the attack is to phish for any Bitcoin or Ethereum addresses that the user might have. It’s an advanced virus as it then actually aims to replace these victims addresses with the hacker’s wallet.

The next thing is the donation scam involving Wikipedia that cryptocurrency cybercriminals are now utilizing. This same virus injects code that actually adds a fake donation banner to their Wikipedia. Whilst Wikipedia does accept donations, these cryptocurrency addresses are part of the fake banner, and are actually malicious wallets.

Most people have seen the banner before. If you go onto Wikipedia’s home page now, you should be able to see the banner as well, but you have to be careful and ensure that you are actually on Wikipedia’s true home page.
wikipedia  criptovalute  sicurezza  windows  spunti  fordjbatman 
5 days ago by nicoladagostino

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